Lilydale High School News

11 May 2018
Issue 6
Lilydale High School
9735 5644
25 Melba Ave
Lilydale, VIC, 3140



Term 2     16 April to 29 June
Term 3     16 July to 21 September
Term 4      8 October to 21 December


Monday 14  

Bairnsdale Shooting Competition

Business Management Yakult Excursion


Tuesday 15  

NAPLAN - Year 7

NAPLAN - Year 9

Supper Club Periods 1 & 2

VCE Football (boys) / Soccer/Netball (girls)


Wednesday 16  

NAPLAN - Year 7

NAPLAN - Year 9

DOE Community Service

Business Management Yakult Excursion


Thursday 17  

NAPLAN - Year 7

NAPLAN - Year 9


Friday 18 

SEALP Testing Day

Year 10 History Immigration Museum Excursion

Year 11 Presentation Ball

Yarra Group Cross Country


Saturday 19

Year 11 Presentation Ball


Monday 21

Language Perfect World Championships

Junior/Intermediate Girls Football


Tuesday 22

Language Perfect World Championships

Humanities Hunger Banquet

Worawa Netball Tournament


Wednesday 23

Language Perfect World Championships

VCE Arts Camp

DOE Community Service


Thursday 24

Language Perfect World Championships

VCE Arts Camp


Friday 25 

Language Perfect World Championships

VCE Arts Camp

VCE Badminton


Monday 28 

Language Perfect World Championships

Reconciliation Week


Tuesday 29

Language Perfect World Championships

Reconciliation Week

Year 7 Uncle Bill Nicholson Incursion

Year 9/10 Football (boys)/Soccer/Netball (girls)


Wednesday 30

Language Perfect World Championships

Reconciliation Week

GAT Preparation

DOE Community Service


Thursday 31

Language Perfect World Championships

Reconciliation Week

Vocal Ensemble Aboriginal Remembrance Service Excursion

VCE Drama Ensemble Performance Evening



The following calendars are also available on our school website homepage from the News and Events tab;

  • Whole School Calendar
  • Junior School Calendar
  • Middle School Calendar
  • Senior School Calendar
  • Sports Calendar 


Please note:  School events by nature are subject to change. The school reserves the right to add, change or cancel events as required.





Grade 6
Information Evening

Last Tuesday, we enjoyed the company of many families for our annual Open Night. The night began with presentations in the Hall followed by school tours and displays from each of our learning areas.  


A big thanks to Transition Coordinators,  Tracey Hope and Jane Hemmings who organised the evening, to the many staff who assisted and a great big thank you to the students who helped out and performed on the night, everyone did a great job! 




State Budget

I am very excited to announce that Lilydale High School was allocated 5.8 million from the State Budget to continue our 'Capitol Works Program'.


There are plans for a new Zoology Centre that will incorporate teaching spaces and a new administration area.  


LHS Student Leaders are pictured below with Education Minister and Deputy Premier James Merlino, who visited LHS on Wednesday 2 May.


PD Day – Glen Pearsall

Earlier this term,  curriculum consultant, Glen Pearsall, gave a very engaging presentation to staff on ‘High Impact Feedback Strategies.’


Glen spoke about the need to have ongoing and targeted feedback which can be easily and effectively applied.


Staff will be trying out a range of new strategies with their students over the coming months,  including; reciprocal student feedback that encourages students to carefully consider, discuss and act on the feedback that is provided. 


Next week the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for all Year 7 and 9 students.


The testing gives a snapshot of student ability and assists in planning the teaching and learning program.


I look forward to students arriving at school on time with their equipment ready to give the tests their best effort.


If you have any questions about NAPLAN testing, please contact Ben Taylor, Head of Curriculum. 


Lilydale High School is a school that has a prescribed uniform.  If parents/guardians can support the policy by ensuring that students are in correct uniform everyday, it would be greatly appreciated.  


If there is a short term issue that may impact a student wearing uniform, please provide a note.  If  there are any longer term issues, we are happy to assist with uniform items. 

Every Day Counts

Attending school every day is vital for students of all ages to fully achieve.  We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begins with students coming to school each and every day.


Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year.


There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.


Regular attendance is valued at Lilydale High School. Students who attend regularly give themselves the best opportunity to achieve academically by engaging fully in their learning and foster and maintain friendships. 


I ask all parents/guardians to encourage regular attendance for your child/children to ensure every chance for success.

Wendy Powson



School Tours

Scheduled school tours are conducted during normal school hours starting at 9.00 am to 10.20 am from the School Administration Office


Bookings are essential by calling 9735 5644.


Term 2 Tours - 9 am

  • Monday 14 May
  • Wednesday 16 May
  • Tuesday 22 May


Year 10 UPDATED Enrolment Information 

All Year 10 families have now received an email from Lilydale High School requesting that you review the attachment to the email.  The subject line will read;


FW: Please review the attached Student Enrolment Information.


The proforma email requests that you print off the Enrolment Information, make corrections, sign it and return the form to the school. 


As it is very important that these details are up to date, could you please read them carefully and make changes where necessary.   You may either print off the attachment and make changes and return it to the school or send a return email with corrections included.


It is also very important that you check and confirm the Occupation Group codes on Page 3, this is essential demographic information that ensures that Lilydale High School receives appropriate resource allocation for its students.  A Guide to the occupation codes is at the rear of the Student Information.


If we do not have an email address recorded for your family,  the Student Enrolment Information will be mailed home to you. 


William Street Access

We have been advised by Yarra Valley Water that they will be working in William Street replacing the mains as of Monday 7 May. 


Due to the works, they have requested that no staff park or parents drop off/pick up students in William Street for 3 weeks  from,  7 - 25 May. 


They apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Parent Login details

Parents and guardians who may have forgotten their username and password, should contact the relevant Sub School Office.

Camps / Excursions / Sport Notices & Payments

Please note that camps/excursions/sport notices (and ability to make payment) are removed from Compass at 3 pm on the final day for payment.


The CLOSE OFF for PAYMENTS is 3 days prior for excursions and 1 day prior for sport.


It is necessary to close off these activities at this time to allow for  payment lists, rolls, staffing, transport etc to be finalised.



Maths & English Cross Age Tutoring

Peer tutoring is held on Monday afternoons from 3.00 pm to 3.45 pm in the VCE Study Hall (while the Library is out of action).

All students from Years 7 to 9 are invited to bring along their classwork, homework sheets, CATS  or a book to get assistance with.


We have many skilled tutors on hand who can work 1-on-1 with students to complete work,   improve skills in the current area of study, or just provide a positive learning environment for completing  work.


Parental permission is required. We recommend students to bring a note along to the session.

2018 Australian Mathematics Competition

If your child is interested in competing in the Australian Mathematics Competition at school on Thursday 9 August, please email your child’s Mathematics teacher by Friday 18 May. 


Payment of $7 is due, Thursday 31 May on COMPASS.


Elizabeth Rundell

Head of Mathematics


Year 11 Market Day - Friday 4 May

Market day is a favourite day on the calendar and fosters a great sense of school community. It is the culmination of weeks of careful planning of a business idea.


This year, 75 Year 11 Business Management students showcased thirty two different stalls.

Despite the gloomy weather, there was a great buzz and atmosphere throughout lunchtime as we were tempted by an array of original and delicious food.


We commend the students for their dedication, work ethic and enthusiasm. They raised an incredible $3300.00 which will be  donated to various charities. 


We extend a big thank you to the whole school community who support our business students every year.


Sharon Wall , David Blaxland  & Adam Sherwin



Technology Fees

Many Technology elective subjects and all Home Economics classes carry a fee to help cover the increasing cost of materials.


Notices will be issued to students via Compass and I ask that parents/guardians please assist the school by paying the contribution as soon as practicably possible.


If you are experiencing any difficulties with this request, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

Caitlin Marshall

Head of Technology

Grade 6
Information Night


Year 9 Home Eco Food Prep Skills

Year 9’s getting creative with their sponge designs!  Well done, they all look amazing!


Food Studies Units 3/4



Year 7
Girls Yarra District Netball

Wednesday 2 May

Well done to all four teams who competed in the Year 7 girls Yarra District competition.



Lilydale High School A1 team:  Section A

Lilydale High A1 v Lilydale High A2: LHS A1 winners 12-7

Lilydale High A1 v Emerald Secondary College: LHS A1 winners 12-7

Lilydale High A1 v Lilydale Heights Secondary College: LHS A1 winners 21-4


Lilydale High School A2 team: Section A

Lilydale High A2 v Lilydale High A1:  LHS A2 lost 7-12

Lilydale High A2 v Lilydale Heights Secondary College: LHS A2 winners 8-4

Lilydale High A2 v Emerald Secondary College: LHS A2 winners 13-9


LHS A2 team competed against Healesville High for the bronze medal.  Each player gave their best effort but unfortunately could not come away with the win, losing 13-9.


MVP A2: Grace Cole 

Coach: Melissa Crotty


LHS A1 team played Upper Yarra Secondary College for the gold medal and won convincingly 21-2.


MVP A1: Summer-Lee Eales

Coach: Catherine Edwards


These girls from the A1 team will be moving onto Eastern Region:

  • Alysia Henry
  • Jorja Batty
  • Summer-Lee Eales
  • Hayley Pearce
  • Katie Wilson
  • Tayla Reddecliffe
  • Mikenna Roberts
  • Georgia Schlittler
  • Malia Durrant

In the B Section,  the Lilydale High School teams played extremely well in all of their matches.


Lilydale High B1 team:

LHS B1 v Yarra: Won 9-1

LHS B1 v Lilydale Heights 2 : Won 9-4

LHS B1 v Emerald SC: Won 5-5


MVP B1:  Holly Habenschuss


I would also like to acknowledge Selena Johnson of Year 9, for coaching the team on the day.  She did a tremendous job and showed outstanding leadership skills for the day.


Lilydale High B2 team:

LHS B2 v Emerald: Won 10-5

LHS B2 v Yarra: Won 14-6

LHS B2 v Lilydale Heights B: Won 8-2


MVP B2: Jess Bateman


I would like to acknowledge Mariah Derksen of Year 9, for the outstanding job she did of coaching the team on the day.


In the final, both Lilydale B teams fought a tough battle, with Lilydale High B2 the winner. Well done to both teams finishing 1st and 2nd in Section 2.

Melissa Crotty

Year 7 Boys Football

Congratulations to the Year 7 Boys Football team for winning the Eastern Metropolitan Region competition at Barngeong Reserve on Tuesday 2 May.

Alister Stuart

Boys Netball

The Senior, Intermediate and Junior boys competed in the Yarra Division Netball at Pinks Reserve on Tuesday 1st May.


The boys competed hard all day with the junior and intermediate teams really improving as the day went on.


The senior boys continued their netball success, easily WINNING the competition even though they played with 1 less player.


Congratulations and well done to all teams!

Alister Stuart

Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist -
Harry Garside

The students in the Year 9 and 10 Athlete Development Programs were lucky enough to have Harry Garside, a former student of Lilydale High School and recent Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, come out and talk to them.


Harry talked about his sporting journey towards his gold medal in Boxing and the challenges he has faced and how he overcame them.


He gave the students some tips that they can apply to their own training.


Alister Stuart


Duke of Ed Camp

On Tuesday 1 May, the Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh students went to the Cathedral Ranges for the expedition component of their award.


The students were introduced to camping, trangia cooking and bush walking.

This camp was a journey-based adventure with the purpose of gaining valuable outdoor skills and knowledge to equip them for life and future outdoor endeavours.


I would like to thank all staff and students for an enjoyable week.


Jye Cuff

Outdoor Education & Physical Education
On Tuesday 1 May, my class and I went to the Cathedral Ranges for a 4 day camping and hiking trip as part of our Duke Ed Award Program.
I had an amazing time with my friends and it was an experience I know I’ll remember forever.
Jessica Carden , 9A


Photo: Grade 6 Information Evening

Grade 6
Information Evening 

It was wonderful to share Steamworks with our community of prospective students on Tuesday 8 May. 


Skype call with American School

Thursday 9 May

During Period 1, LHS students had a Skype call with fellow junior and middle school students from Fonda-Fultonville High in America.


Students shared likes, dislikes and stories about life on different sides of the Earth.


"It was simply amazing to reach out and meet the same aged people from the other side of the world."


"Some of them even like Vegemite!"


What's been happening at Steamworks!

Year 7 Tech Taster Sphero programming

FPV flight training in the Hall for Year 9 Flight, Drones and Design

Year 7 bridge building challenge, some great designs on display!

New bigscreen in the VR room! 

Big thanks to community member, Scott Vallance for the donation!

Mindful Mornings

Mindful Mornings EVERYDAY @ Steamworks 8:10 am -8:20 am.


Come along to Steamworks for a guided meditation to start your day. If you feel tired, stressed or just need to calm a racing mind, try this evidence based approach to feeling more relaxed and in control of your life. Start your day with a calm mind.

Tony Vallance


Reptile House and Animal Studies

It’s been a busy few weeks with a lot happening in the Reptile House and the Animal Studies course.


We’ve had several more students join the Zoo Keeper team in the Reptile House over the past few weeks and the whole team have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks getting ready for the information night when they got to show off their animals and talk about the program.


The team has also been busy building new enclosures for our blue tongues, which are still in the process of being finished.


The student and volunteer team have also had a great time renovating the water dragon enclosure which is the standout feature of the room. The best part was releasing the water dragons into their new area and watching them enjoying their new space.


We also welcomed some new animals into the collection including four much loved baby angle headed dragons and three baby land mullets which will are Australia’s largest skink species. They are also joined by five centralian blue tongues which are rarely seen in captivity and more than 50 young frogs which have recently morphed from the tadpoles we bred earlier in the year.


The Animal Studies students were excited to visit the RSPCA and learn about animal first aid and what it means to be an animal attendant. Students experienced everything from scooping poop to cuddling bunnies as well as having a bit of fun with feeding animals and showing off their life saving skills by conducting CPR on dogs, albeit manikin dogs.


We have a Bunnings BBQ fundraising event on Saturday May 19, so come down to Lilydale Bunnings between 9 am and 4 pm to pay us a visit and help support the Reptile House.


Marcus Whitby



Photo: Adrian VAN PUTTEN - Year 7

5th Annual Yarra Valley School Clay Pigeon Shoot

Thursday 3 May, saw the running of the Yarra Valley School Clay Target Competition for the 5th year in a row.  This is run by Melbourne Clay Target Club in conjunction with Lilydale High School and is open to any full time high school student with a Junior Shooting Licence.  It has become a popular and must attend event for many schools across the state and we had a NSW school from Walla Walla attend this year as well. 


In the past, students from the Hutchins School in Tasmania have attended, but unfortunately, a clash with school holidays made it difficult for them this year. 


Just short of 150 students attended this year and competition was stiff.  Aislin Jones from Bairnsdale, a Rio Olympic competitor and Queensland Commonwealth Games competitor, won the Senior Girls event. 


Jack Stockdale from Leongatha High School, recent winner of a National Championship in New Zealand, won the Senior Boys event.  He was narrowly beaten by one shot, to take out the overall top prize of the day, which was won by Aaron Barling from Gippsland Grammar. 


The schools teams’ event was also won by Gippsland Grammar, consisting of Aaron, Jack Prestney, Lachie Anderson, Hayden Johnson and Alex Chan. 


Wonthaggi High school was well represented with Charlie Cook, Lily Hamilton, Dakota Sucking and Jasmyn Kent all taking home ribbons. 


Other prizewinners on the day were Lachlan Flemming and Rowan Flemming from Lavalla Catholic College and Renae Jones and Chelsea Beechey from Nagle College. 


Finally, two Lilydale High School students, Darcy Lloyd and Adrian Van-Putten both took home prizes in the Junior Boys event.


We would like to thank, Bronze Wing and in particular, Anna Shedrina for their ongoing support of this event.  Not only did Bronze Wing supply the ammunition but also the extensive array of prizes that were on offer. 


Other sponsors on the day we would like to acknowledge were, Feral X pest control services, Pellegrino Travel Agency (Ringwood),  Field and Game Australia and the SE zone of the ACTA.  


We were particularly honoured to have the Honourable Senator Bridget McKenzie, the Federal Minister of Sport attend the event and present prizes and sashes to the winners on the day.  The Senator also joined in the activity and was eagerly coached by a couple of female competitors as she showed her shooting skills, as she broke a number of targets. 


Here are some pictures from  the event:

 Overall winner, Aaron Barling

with Anna Shedrina & Senator McKenzie

Winning team, Gippsland Grammar

Anna Shedrina, Jasmyn Kent

& Senator McKenzie​

Group photo of WINNERS

with Anna Shedrina & Senator McKenzie

​Darcy Lloyd , Lilydale High School

with Anna Shedrina & Senator McKenzie


The Senator,  shooting a couple of targets whilst 2 young competitors look on


Some of the PRIZES on the day!

Garry Bennett


Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Thanks to all you wonderful people out there who have already brought books to school. There is a collection box in the General Office.


Our collection is getting bigger everyday. If you haven’t already, go through your bookshelves and bring in any unwanted books.


We will store them until the Big Day: August 23rd, during Book Week.   Alternatively, you can make a donation follow the link:

Thanks again and let’s work together to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Laure Pradier and Dawn O’Kennedy


Mystery Book

To celebrate the LHS Reading Challenge our Mystery Book competition is back for another year!

Students can visit the library to read a page from our current Mystery Book and enter their  guess of title and author to win a sweet reward. 
"For  a long moment I just stare at the nail, trying to keep myself from hyperventilating or dissolving into tears."


Happy Reading!

Staff Reading Challenge

The LHS Staff Reading Challenge is back on this year to promote literacy and encourage discussions about reading.


42 teachers and support staff are taking on the challenge with a collective goal of 1100 books. LHS staff had read 521 books by the end of Term 1!


A display highlighting staff reading goals can be viewed in the temporary Library.

Laura Wade


Onsite Dental Service

Lilydale High School is collaborating with Smiles Onsite to promote healthier, happier smiles at our school.


This incredible service is being offered for FREE under the federal government's Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), and comes along with the chance to grab some amazing prizes.


Over the coming weeks all students will be given a consent form to bring home so that they can participate, and also so that they can go in the draw to win prizes!!


How does it work?

The Child Dental Benefit Schedule grants all eligible parents with $1000 worth of Medicare towards dental per child, over a two-year period. Eligible parents should receive a confirmation letter; however if you are still unsure, Smiles Onsite can check for you on completion of their consent form.


Can I make use of this service if I'm not eligible?

Of course! Smiles Onsite can do almost everything that your local dentist can do on board their state-of-the-art mobile Clinic. If you would like them to see your child for a scale and clean, fillings, fissure seals etc., these services can be offered with NO GAP payable.


This service is a great opportunity to get kids into the habit of good oral hygiene, and we hope you're as excited about it as we are!


You can fill out the dental consent form for your son or daughter by inserting this link on the web browser:


If you have any further questions about this program or your eligibility, please contact Smiles Onsite directly on 1800 276 453.





Year 9 Career Action Day

Last week all Year 9 students were involved in a Careers Action Day. The day was designed to assist students entering part time work and preparing them for their future aspirations.


During the day students developed a Career Action Plan, learned valuable job searching skills, heard from recruitment experts about creating perfect resumes and took part in a mock interview.


The day was a huge success and the Year 9 students are to be congratulated on their efforts during the day.


Early Entry Programs at ACU - Community Achiever Program (CAP)

As a Year 12 student, do you demonstrate leadership in your school or workplace, coordinate a community initiative, volunteer in a local cultural, sporting or religious group or provide care to someone in need?


ACU's Community Achiever Program is designed to acknowledge commitment to our local communities. The Community Achiever Program (CAP) recognises a students’ potential to achieve great things.  A successful CAP application means a student could receive a provisional university offer as early as August to study at ACU.


Being part of this CAP group also offers successful students unique opportunities to enhance their leadership and volunteering skills, while they study at ACU.


Should an application be successful, the required ATARs would be as follows:

  • Law and dual Law degrees - ATAR 70.00
  • Physiotherapy*- ATAR 70.00
  • Occupational Therapy* - ATAR 65.00
  • Paramedicine in Victoria* - ATAR 58.50
  • Speech Pathology* - ATAR 65.00
  • ALL OTHER degrees 58.50

* Numbers are capped


CAP applications to study in 2019

  • Open – Tuesday 1 May, 2018
  • Close - Midnight Tuesday 31 July, 2018
  • Offers released by end of August, 2018

Students are encouraged to start gathering their required documentation now to submit with along their application. Failure to meet all the requirements for the CAP will result in not being considered for the program.


La Trobe University Scholarship Opportunities for Athletes

Scholarships can reward high achievers, encourage diversity and support the disadvantaged.   Each year La Trobe University offers a diverse range of scholarships with a combined value in excess of 3 million dollars.


Recently, Latrobe announced a range of scholarships for new and existing students involved with the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP).  Over 30 new athletes, who compete in sports ranging from athletics and swimming, to aerial skiing, will all receive a range of benefits such as academic support and access to funding as part of their membership to the program.


To learn more,  why not visit:




Tim Kogelman and Craig Harris

Careers Coordinators


Photo: Market Day - Friday 4 May


Tuesday 15 May

 NAPLAN - Year 7


Wednesday 16 May 

NAPLAN - Year 7

Year 8 Football/Soccer/Netball/Badminton


Thursday 17 May

 NAPLAN - Year 7


Monday 21 May 

Junior/Intermediate Girls Football


Wednesday 23 May 

Year 7 Badminton


Tuesday 29  May

Year 7 Uncle Bill Nicholson Incursion


Tuesday 12 June

Year 8 Significant Person Day


Wednesday 13 June

Year 8 Significant Person Day


Friday 20 July

Year 7 Awards Assembly

Year 8 Awards Assembly


Please also refer to the Junior School Calendar on the school website for the full list of important dates/events.



Next week, Year 7 students will sit NAPLAN tests:

  • Tuesday 15 May
  • Wednesday 16 May 
  • Thursday 17 May

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.


It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress. 


2018 NAPLAN parent information brochure:



School Uniform

As the colder weather approaches, we would like to remind parents and guardians, that all Year 7 and 8 students need to ensure they are keeping up their high standards in terms of uniform and wearing only the approved school jumper and the school weatherproof jacket.


All uniform requirements including shoes are available through LOWES (Lilydale Market Place).

Market Day - Friday 4 May


Parent Contact

Please don’t hesitate to call us or your child’s Home Group  teacher, with any questions or queries in relation to the Junior School Program.

Junior School Coordinators



Tuesday 15 May

NAPLAN - Year 9


Wednesday 16 May

NAPLAN - Year 9

DOE Community Service


Thursday 17 May

NAPLAN - Year 9


Friday 18 May

Year 10 History Immigration Museum Excursion


Monday 21 May

Junior/Intermediate Girls Football


Wednesday 23 May

DOE Community Service


Tuesday 29 May

Year 9/10 Football (boys)/ Soccer /Netball (girls)


Wednesday 30 May

DOE Community Service


Wednesday 6 June

DOE Community Service


Thursday 7 June

Year 9 Health & Wellbeing Day


Wednesday 13 June

DOE Community Service


Friday 8 June to Friday 15 June

Year 10 VCE Exams


Friday 15 June to Thursday 22 June

Year 10 Exams


Please also refer to the Middle School Calendar on the school website for the full list of important dates/events.



Next week, Year 9 students will sit NAPLAN tests:

  • Tuesday 15 May
  • Wednesday 16 May 
  • Thursday 17 May

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.


It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress. 


Year 9 Captains' Report

Now that everyone is into the groove of things again, Term 2 is running smoothly. There has been quite a few events over the last couple of weeks like; Duke of Ed camp, Careers Day, Market Day and Cross Age Tutoring.  Some events that are coming up are; Education Week and Hunger Banquet.


Last week, Year 9 students who attended the Duke of Ed camp got to experience camping and hiking in the Cathedral Ranges in all whether conditions; hot, cold, wet and dry. The camp was really fun and exiting. Lunch at Beechworth Bakery in Healesville was pretty tasty.


Last week, Year 9 students participated in Careers Day on either Monday or Thursday.  It was a great experience and I’m sure all the students took something away that will benefit them in the near future.


Last Friday,  the Year 11 Business Management students hosted all different types of stalls from burgers to cupcakes for Market Day. Students from all year levels had the opportunity to buy some delicious foods and drinks.  It was a fun and exciting day.

Every week on a Monday after school, until 3:45pm, students from Years 7 to 9 have the opportunity to go to the VCE rooms and get some 1-on-1 time with  Year 11 or 12 students, to help with any overdue work and homework.


Running from the 20 to 26 May, is Education Week, which will be full of fun opportunities in the world of education. 


On Tuesday 22 May,  in Room 10,  for a two dollar entry,  students can experience food from different cultures and countries to help support hunger stricken children.

Zach Hoiles and Sophie Mastaing

2018 Year 10 Central Australia Camp

This year's camp to Central Australia was  an amazing experience for 196 Year 10 students and LHS teachers involved.


Well done everybody for making the camps so wonderful.  A fantastic time was had by all and the students were a credit to the school.


Below  is a copy of the 2018 9 Day Itinerary for Year 9 parents and students who might be interested in this camp for next year.

Below are some comments from Year 10 parents:


Thank you to the organisers and staff who took our kids on this amazing trip!  - Jackie Stirling


Thank you to all the Staff that gave up their time to take our kids on an adventure of a lifetime. My son had an amazing time and I am very grateful.  - Melanie McLaren


Our son had a great time! Thank you. - Jodie Scott-Greer


Student Achievements

Please let us know if your child does something special – we would love to know and acknowledge their achievements.

Year 10 student - Enrolment Information 

In the next few weeks, all Year 10 families will receive an email from Lilydale High School requesting that you review the attachment to the email.  The subject line will read;


FW: Please review the attached Student Enrolment Information.


The proforma email requests that you print off the Enrolment Information, make corrections, sign it and return the form to the school. 


As it is very important that these details are up to date, could you please read them carefully and make changes where necessary.   You may either print off the attachment and make changes and return it to the school or send a return email with corrections included.


It is also very important that you check and confirm the Occupation Group codes on Page 3, this is essential demographic information that ensures that Lilydale High School receives appropriate resource allocation for its students.  A Guide to the occupation codes is at the rear of the Student Information.


If we do not have an email address recorded for your family the Student Enrolment Information will be mailed home to you. 

Arriving to school ON TIME - 8.30 AM

Students should be arriving at school no later than 8.30 am. This gives them time to put bags in lockers and organise their books for Periods 1 and 2 and get ready for Home Group Assembly. 


Home Group Assembly STARTS at 8.40 am.


It is imperative that students attend Home Group Assembly to receive important information. 


Students who arrive late for school must provide a note from a parent/guardian.

Students Absences

Parents and guardians are asked to please approve your child's absences on COMPASS. 


It is DEECD (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) policy that all student absences are accounted for.


Currently, we have a large amount of Year 10 students with unapproved absences between Monday 30 April and Friday 11 May (Year 10 camp period).  These absences must be approved as quickly as possible.  The  school absent text message, phone calls and emails have been made requesting absences be approved.  


If you have forgotten your Compass username and password, please contact Lauren Kelso in the Middle School Office.


Parent Contact

Please don’t hesitate to call us or your child’s teacher, with any questions or queries in relation to Middle School.


Middle School Coordinators​



Monday 14 May

Business Management Yakult Excursion


Tuesday 15 May

 VCE Football (boys) / Soccer /Netball (girls)


Wednesday 16 May

Business Management Yakult Excursion


Friday 18 May

Year 11 Presentation Ball - 7 pm


Saturday 19  May

Year 11 Presentation Ball - 7 pm


Wednesday 23 May 

VCE Arts Camp (23 to 25)


Friday 25 May

VCE Badminton


Wednesday 30 May

GAT Preparation


Friday 8 June to Friday 15 June

Year 11 Exams


Please also refer to the Senior School Calendar on the school website for the full list of important dates/events.


VCE Leaders' Report

Throughout Term 1, and leading into Term 2, the senior year levels have experienced many exciting events, and opportunities. The Year 12 breakfast has been hosted every Friday morning by the senior leadership team, providing our students with a delicious start to their day, and a way to remain motivated and focused on Friday afternoons. 


Last term, the Year 11s and 12s celebrated Easter with a Easter egg hunt on the oval.  Though over quickly, due to the massive amount of participation, everyone had fun and got some free chocolate to begin their holiday celebrations. Senior students also had the opportunity to verse staff in a game of netball. While students lost in a score too embarrassing to repeat, it was hilariously entertaining for every year level and has inspired the students to beat the teachers next semester.


Both the senior years, had the opportunity this semester to undertake a 'Study Skills' program which showed students the study habits,  they’ll need when progressing throughout the year.


The Year 11 Business Management students also put on a Market Day for the school, coming up with their own product ideas and then selling them in a supremely successful manner! This hands-on SAC for the business students was a blast for the rest of the school, who eagerly spent their money on the delicious products.


On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Year 12 Theatre Studies students will be putting on their performance of ‘Masquerade’ for a nearly sold out audience!  Well done on your work in practising and organising the play and best of luck for the upcoming performances!

Masquerade Promo:

Ashleigh Pope  & James Laven

School Captains


Olivia Marceddo & Rocci Pitasi

Year 12 Captains

Year 12 Breakfasts

The Year 12’s are still enjoying a positive, social and nutritious start to their Fridays with their breakies.


Don’t forget, these are running from 8.00 am to 8:25 am in the VCE kitchen area.


Well done to our dedicated captains for organising!

Market Day

On Friday 4 May,   Units 1 & 2 Business Management students participated in Market Day, furiously baking, cooking and preparing delicious products for staff and students to purchase.


Despite the wintery weather, the stalls were a great success and a credit to all the hard work that students put in. Great job!





Year 11 Presentation Balls

The Year 11 Presentation Balls take place next  Friday 18  May and Saturday 19 May (7 pm) at The Centre Ivanhoe.



The General Achievement Test (GAT) is approaching this term. This will take place on Wednesday 13 June.


The GAT is a test of general knowledge and skills in: Written Communication, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Humanities, The Arts and Social Sciences.


All students completing a Units 3&4 subject will need to complete the GAT even if they completed it in 2017.


Students will also be participating in GAT preparation sessions leading up to the GAT.



Students will not be granted SAC redemption unless they have a medical certificate or it is a school-approved absence. If there are extenuating circumstances please let us know and we will make a decision based on the VCAA guidelines.


Once a student has been approved for SAC redemption, they will be required to sit the SAC the next available time slot.


The times for SACs are:

  • Monday SAC Redemption 3 - 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday during IPT Periods 5 and 6
  • Thursday during IPT Periods 5 and 6
  • Friday during IPT period 6 (one period SAC only)

VCE Attendance

It is a requirement at Lilydale High School that students attend all timetabled classes so that teaching and learning opportunities can be maximised.


If students have reached their limit for absences from class there is an opportunity for this time to be redeemed. Students can speak to their Year Level Coordinator to discuss making this time up at lunchtime, during afternoon Study Periods, or after school.


Towards the end of term,  it is imperative that students make up classes they have missed.


Furthermore, it is a requirement that students attend Home Group, even if they have Study Periods, periods 1 + 2.


Absences on COMPASS

Any absences from school must be parent/guardian approved.  You can do this through a signed note or you can approve your child’s absences via the Parent Approval Button on Compass. 


You can also use Compass to view your student’s past absences. 

VCE Coordinators

Lilydale High School News
COMPASS Approving Absences Guide.pdf
Buses 1 & 2 Itinerary.pdf